Sally French - Psychotherapist, Supervisor & Trainer
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I was senior lawyer/manager working for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for 25 years. I specialised in sexual offences, prosecuting cases involving both adult and child victims. My last role was as Head of the East Midlands Rape & Serious Sexual Offences Unit. My motivation to become a psychotherapist stemmed from my desire to understand the experience of survivors of sexual abuse and to improve how the legal system supported them. Working in this challenging role I can readily appreciate the stresses and challenges that a pressurised environment can bring.
During my time with CPS I conducted a lot of training - usually for police officers but also for sexual violence agencies including Rape Crisis which is where I first met Lynsey. Since then we have worked together running a survivors group for NAPAC, before eventually deciding to form Inspire CPD. In addition I have have regularly run professional development days for the BACP. I have also run ‘Consent Workshops’ for young professional Championship football players for clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal, Leicester, and Stoke.
The idea of counselling can feel a very daunting prospect. However people from all walks of life and of any age can sometimes find themselves facing challenges that prove difficult to cope with. Life can feel painful, lonely or confusing, or you may simply feel disconnected in a way that is hard to describe. Being able to discuss your thoughts and feelings in a supportive environment can help to clarify issues and lead to greater self understanding.
I am a qualified psychotherapist (MSc in Person Centred Psychotherapy) and am accredited and registered with the UKCP. I can provide you with a professional, private and strictly confidential counselling/psychotherapy service from my practice room in Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire. There is disability access, and ample free parking.
In a comfortable, respectful, relaxed and supportive environment I can offer you a personalised approach to support you in finding solutions to your problems and to make the necessary changes to enhance your life. Certain counselling styles suit some people more than others so I draw from a range of approaches to provide the right support for you. I put great emphasis on our creating a strong trusting relationship but one which is respectful of your uniqueness and which acknowledges that you are the expert of your experiences.
I provide both short term counselling, where we can work through a specific problem, and longer term psychotherapy where deeper issues can be explored. We will review progress regularly ensuring your needs are being met.
To learn more about my counselling practice please visit my page on the Counselling Directory - you are able to contact me directly from there.
Individual Therapy £45 (60 minutes)
Concessions (£40) are offered to psychotherapy students.
Contact me at: [email protected]
My Supervision style
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, as I believe that integrating all aspects of our relational, emotional, psychological and physiological needs and understanding the impact of our environment is essential to our personal growth. I integrate Person Centred theory, predominantly with attachment, relational and developmental theories. I have a special interest in trauma theory. Whilst understanding the importance of being led by the client in the here and now, I fundamentally believe that the 'there and then' i.e. our client's childhood and history have a fundamental impact on current thoughts and feelings. I dislike therapy 'tribalism' and in my own practice seek to incorporate in an ethically pluralistic way theories or practices that assist the client. I may therefore incorporate in my client work genograms, time lines, visualisations, Russian dolls, or other creative ways of working with clients. I enjoy theory and am well read in this area, so always hope to bring a new insight into client work.
I am able to bring my past career skills into the supervision relationship by using my lawyer analytical skills and coaching skills from many years as a manager. That said I do absolutely value a rounded holistic approach to supervision - so I see it as a co-enterprise where how you are is as important as how you are working. Supervision shouldn't feel like a tick box exercise.
I am currently working towards a UKCP accredited diploma in supervision (although I am fully conversant with the BACP ethical framework) and am therefore offering lower cost supervision of £40 an hour prior to qualification.
Please note I am unable to supervise trainees at this stage.
Specialist Supervision when working with clients going through the Criminal Justice Process
I offer specialist supervision to assist therapists who are working with clients who have reported sexual abuse (experienced as an adult or child) and are either awaiting a decision as to whether their case will proceed to trial, or who are currently awaiting trial. My experience as a sexual offences specialist prosecutor means that I have an in depth knowledge of the charging and trial process which can prove helpful in putting context to your work. I am able to offer assistance about the best way of working with clients to avoid causing issues in court.
Supervision can consist of a one off session or a series of sessions spread throughout your work with a specific client to provide you with support, knowledge and reassurance.
Fees - £45 per hour